Busch’s Fresh Food Market has been honored for its charitable efforts to help raise food and monetary donations for food rescue programs in the greater Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit communities.
Food Gatherers, a Washtenaw County food rescue organization, has acknowledged Busch’s with the Gatherer of Plenty Award 2010, while the Oak Park-based Forgotten Harvest organization has recognized the grocer with the 2010 Harvey Award. Both awards recognized Busch’s for its longstanding commitment to food rescue and leadership in the fight against hunger.
“We were honored to accept these awards on behalf of the loyal and community-conscious shoppers at all 15 Busch’s stores,” said John Busch, co-owner and CEO of the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company. Last year’s campaign marked a record year for funds and food given by Busch’s customers — about $185,000 — and the grocer hopes to build on that success in 2010.
“The fact that we were able to set a record last year definitively demonstrates how generous Busch’s customers are despite the financial crisis many are experiencing in Michigan and the country as a whole,” noted Doug Busch, co-owner and director of community events. “Our shoppers recognize that the need for food is greater than ever right now.”
Michigan’s largest independently owned grocery store chain, Busch’s Fresh Food Market has participated in food rescue programs for more than 20 years.